Today, one lane of northbound Highway 101 south was closed this morning
after a severe big rig accident occurred yesterday afternoon on January 12. A
San Luis Obispo Tribune story states that the truck driver died as a result of the accident and
three others, a woman, an infant, and a young child, were injured.
Based on a California Highway Patrol (CHP) report, the collision took place
slightly south of Buellton and approximately 25 miles south of Santa Maria
when the big rig rear-ended the BMW sedan carrying the woman and children.
As a consequence, the BMW struck the center railing of a bridge and the
big rig plummeted almost 100 feet into the creek bed and caught on fire.
The occupants of the car were taken by helicopter to a local hospital.
As this tragic accident demonstrates, large commercial trucking accidents
are capable of causing serious injury and death. Sadly, many of these
truck crashes are preventable. Some of the main
causes of truck accidents include: driver fatigue, distracted driving, driving under the influence
of alcohol or drugs, speeding, and other forms of negligent and reckless behavior.
California big rig accident lawyers, the legal team at Van Der Walde & Associates is familiar with the
serious financial, physical, and psychological consequences of truck crashes.
With thorough knowledge and extensive experience, our attorneys work meticulously
to protect the rights of our clients and hold negligent parties liable.
To find out more about how we can help you obtain compensation for medical
expenses, pain and suffering, lost earnings, and other damages, call (800)
900-0863 today for a no-cost consultation.